She’s a Wildflower

WHO: Alice Shepherd

WHERE: Pop-up store at King of the Castle Café 24 Pakington Street, Geelong West

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/shes_a_wildflower

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/shes-a-wildflower

 

Daisy: What kind of a garden do you come from?

Alice: Oh, I don’t come from any garden.

Daisy: Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?

  • Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

EVERYONE loves flowers! From pretty posies to mind-blowing floral and foliage installations, this girl has got you covered!  I first met Alice when we were looking for someone to take over our pop-up shop at King of the Castle café. She had recently headed out on her own to establish She’s a Wildflower. Like me, Alice hasn’t always lived in Geelong. She grew up on a farm in northern Victoria and moved to Melbourne to study Tourism and Business. Eventually, she moved to Geelong to study floristry and now calls the Surfcoast her home!

 

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DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A FLORIST?

No, my career began in talent management, liaising between comedians, bands, celebrities and their agents. Some of my clients include the likes of Ita Buttrose, Sir Bob Geldof and Jackie Stewart! It was an incredibly demanding job, but I really loved working on the social functions, where I got to spend time organizing the décor for each event. Things changed on my 25th birthday when a friend presented me with a hand picked posy of fresh flowers, straight from the garden, and I thought it would be so nice to do that for a living! So after some quick thinking and encouragement from my partner, I enrolled at The Gordon.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

Not being bound to a desk! I love talking to people and really getting to know my clients. It’s rewarding to know that they have total trust in me and I have full creative reign over a job. I also love going to market and being inspired by all of the different blooms and foliage!

 

WHAT IS THE WORST PART OF YOUR JOB?

Stinky water; kale and stock water are definitely the worst offenders!

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FLOWER?

That’s like asking who is your favourite child! It changes week-by-week and season-by-season. At the moment I love flowers like sea holly, anemones, poppy pods, beehives and stock.

 

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WHAT FUN THINGS HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?

I’ve been working with the Pot & Pan Stylists, creating some amazing floral displays at their events. We had one here at King of the Castle and the next one will be at Boom Gallery in September. I’ve also been working with Little Creatures and had so much fun creating a forest in the foyer for their White Rabbit beer launch last week. I’ve also been collaborating with some stylists and photographers on photo shoots for wedding publications.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

Working with flowers is so much fun! Ultimately, I’d love to work from my studio on events, with stylists and photographers, rather than retail.

 

She’s a Wildflower is open from Monday – Friday from 7am ‘til 3pm (on Monday’s Alice uses an honesty box system; she’s got to have at least ONE rest day a week!) and Saturday – Sunday from 8am ‘til 2pm.

I’ll give you the hot tip though; Thursday is market day, so she is just bursting with spectacular blooms that will make your heart sing!

Nat x

Q&A with Jodie Connoley from Flower Bowl!

Who: Flower Bowl

Where: 8 Ormond Road, East Geelong

When: Mon – Fri 8.30 to 5.30 & Sat 10-noon

Beautiful flowers can bring life to a room, a smile to your face and even a little love to your heart (aaaaw), so just imagine how a shop full of gorgeous blooms can make you feel! Oh! Hello Geelong has recently stumbled across another stunning flower shop – Flower Bowl, in East Geelong. Flower bowl is a florist in the classic sense of the term, highlighted by the stunning variety of traditional and contemporary flowers, and the seriously beautiful arrangements put together by the Flower Bowl team. The shop itself has a sunny garden feel, with flowers displayed above and below and all around you, as well as a scattering of silver birch logs, vases and vessels, teacup arrangements and cute glass bottles and jars. We especially adore Flower Bowl’s little wedding station, a cosy meeting corner dedicated to brides and all their flower (and invitation) needs for that special day (very clever indeed). We also love Flower Bowl’s range of Mor products, Alimrose baby rattles and toys as well as Victor Fox and Peace, Love & Letterpress cards. To help share this new find with you all, we have been lucky enough to borrow a little of Flower Bowl owner Jodie Connoley’s time for a quick Oh! Hello Geelong Q&A – thanks Jodie!

Can you tell us a bit about your own background in the industry? Have you always had a love of flowers?

I began my arty path with graphic design but I hated spending so much time on a computer. I have always had a love for flowers and was forever arranging and rearranging my mum’s flowers at home. I decided to approach Glenn at the Flower Farm, and was lucky enough to work there, which was a job I loved. I also spent a couple of years working in a florist to gain experience in weddings and corporate work.

As for owning a small business, my parents have always been business owners and so it was always a path I wanted to go down too. So when I spotted the run down old pizza shop in East Geelong, I knew it had to be Flower Bowl!

How long have you owned the store?

I opened Flower Bowl in May 2005, which is 7 ½ years ago and it has flown! It’s hard to believe that I was only 20 at the time!

Flower Bowl is well known for its beautiful displays especially its window displays, who is behind this?

I have a fab team of four girls and me so we all have input into the windows. I am often the one with the concepts but we all work together to make things happen and put them together. We have a really nice balance within the team, Verity and Rachel are the arty ones whereas Ellie and Emily are a little more practical and I’m somewhere in the middle so it’s a good combination. We love the window! (and so does Oh! Hello Geelong!)

What are your three favorite flowers?

Even my husband knows the answer to this one! Hydrangea, hyacinths, peonies and bouvadia…oh can I have 4? They are the ones that I always seem to choose to take home and they are almost always white!

What are the trends for spring 2012?

Defiantly vibrant colour especially yellow, which we are loving! We are also in love with some old school favorites at the moment such as sweet pea and anemones, which both come in a fab range of colours. Oh, and as we begin the wedding season it’s all about natural and pretty; David Austin’s and peonies along with a large range of berries, silver suede and hydrangea is always popular.

Do you have any special trade secrets for people at home? 

Keep it simple, and always use clean water! At my own home I usually stick to small vases and bottles where you can pop in a couple of stems and the room already looks more loved and that way you can have flowers in every room!

Thanks Jodie!!

Love Penny + Laura

Handmade heaven at Artefact Market

When: we visited on a balmy Friday evening (16th March 2012)

Where: All Saints’ Hall, 113 Noble Street, Newtown

A church hall full of handmade things…our idea of heaven!

Oh! Hello Geelong is still coming down from the high of its most recent blogging adventure…a trip to the Artefact Market! With one super exhausted post bad day in the office lady (Penny) and one very tired Mama and bubba (Laura & Alexander), attempting a Friday evening expedition could have been a recipe for Oh! Hello Geelong disaster! However crisis was averted after a delish glass of bubbly, super welcoming and friendly chats and the making of an amazing list of discoveries.

ARTEFACT MARKET

Celebrating local handmade goodness…

The Artefact Market (originally called The Artists’ Market) was established around four years ago by a sister duo who wanted to show off (and rightly so) and sell handmade wonders created by Geelong’s local artists and designers. The market was a fast success and a strong local following developed. The job of running the market was taken over 12 months ago by Delia Boatwood, Melissa Laffy and Di Mead, who together with a small committee host this beautiful market three times a year at the All Saints’ Hall (such a pretty space).

The market itself is the coming together of like-minded people who have a passion for making and creating by hand. The market showcases such a lovely selection of super creative design, craft and handiwork  Most of the artists and designers at the market have regular day jobs and put their creative hats on in their spare time (so inspiring), which adds to the relaxed and joyful feel of the market.

ARTEFACT MARKET

So much to LOVE…

We discovered many things on Friday night. Including that trying to juggle a pram, champagne glasses, a camera and an active little man makes photographing and note taking a little tricky. But despite the obstacles we found some really fab stalls that stood out for us! The 3 lovely market organisers are among those stall holders with fabulous wares. There was IMI Design (stands for I Made It – cute ha?!) by Delia Boatwood and her husband Rick have a unique range of metal art work, including barbed wire balls, as well as bright cotton scarves, cards and wheat bags. We also loved Reddy Inc created by the bright and colourful Melissa Laffy, her range included beautiful woolen up-cycled garments & accessories as well as her New York inspired photography woodblock canvasses (Oh, New York – one day we’ll meet you!) . We are also big big fans of Di Mead’s range of gorgeous illustrative framed screen prints, cards, buntings and textiles. Other creatives include the selection of chunky and bright resin jewellery by Olive Brown Designs (LOVING the colours), Little Golden Treasures and their nostalgic collection of childrens blocks and accessories made out of vintage Golden Story books, Bunny & Birdy’s vintage lady brooches and dolls, the elegant ceramic jewellery by Sylvia Segon and Midas & Nero’s lamps and cushions using our favourite Ink & Spindle prints.  And for it’s pure cute as a crumpet and kook factor, we really loved Wombat’s Picnic felted food range; weetbix and bananas never looked so sweet!

As for food of the edible kind, the market had a selection of the most delicious looking sweet delights fromSteampocket Pizzeria & Cafe  next visit we will bring empty stomachs!

Oh! And flowers! they even had a flower stall by Roberstons Farmgate, a delicious smelling stall right by the entrance. Perfect.

Catching the handmade love bug…

It’s been happening for a while now, but this market again proves that gone are the days when handmade items are associated only with old nannas with a blue rinse and a pair of knitting needles. Handmade has grown into a passion shared by women and men of all ages, shapes and sizes. And whilst the end product is unique and special, it is the passion of making that provides the common thread!!!

We were hugely overwhelmed by the warm welcome we received from the three organisers Mel, Delia and Di and Amanda Jane Hill (our lovely friend from Eclectica who was also there selling her own range of handmade jewellery), who made us feel right at home and gave us the low down and the much needed booze! Thanks girls we had so much fun!

Love Penny + Laura

PS: the next Artefact market dates for 2012 are Friday 31st August (a lovely way to welcome Spring) and Friday 30th November (Christmas gift buying time we think!)

The Flower Dispensary – Love at first sight!

The Flower Dispensary 

Where: 333 Pakington St Newtown 3220

When: Mon – Fri 9:30 – 5 & Sat 10 – 1

Ph: 5223 1459

Web: www.theflowerdispensary.com.au

We have a little secret that we need to share! Oh! Hello Geelong has fallen head over heals for The Flower Dispensary, which seems quite fitting given our recent visit there took place during the same week we celebrated St Valentine’s day! What started out as a crush several months ago has blossomed into a shop love affair and it makes us very excited indeed to be able to share the love. What we love about this gorgeous Pakington Street store is that it is more than simply a florist and gift store; it is a sanctuary, a place dripping with elegance from head to toe.

In the beginning…

They say that patience is a virtue and in the case of the lovely Lyndal Gubbles, she has this in spades! The Flower Dispensary started as a small business idea over 10 years ago when Lyndal, originally from Melbourne, decided she was ready to go it alone in the floristry industry. With her vision, natural creativity and intuition as well as her wealth of experience in floristry, millinery, cosmetics and skin care, Lyndal started the long search for the perfect space to start her business. With a combination of luck and fabulous timing, Lyndal managed to find the space she was looking for and began working with the landlord and her very handy pharmacist husband Ross, to bring her vision to life. After many long hard months of preparation, The Flower Dispensary opened its doors to Geelong.

Natural beauty…

Since it opened on the first day of spring last year, The Flower Dispensary has offered a magnificent selection of blooms which are stunningly displayed in the centre of the store. Lyndal’s collection of flowers range from the simple rose and tulip to the more contemporary, unique and unusual varieties and come in a diverse palette of colours and shades. Lyndal’s current flower loves are hydrangeas, calla lilies and celosias (which are so nice and velvety to touch), however because her selection changes with the seasons, so do her favourites! Lyndal and her team individually and lovingly wrap your flowers with beautiful paper and ribbon and leave you with a heavenly gift for a friend (or even just for you!). Oh, and if you’re in need of flowers for that very special day, Lyndal can design the perfect bouquet for you to take down the isle!

 
And a little something special…

As well as her divine flowers, Lyndal stocks a quality range of designer gifts and stationary and things to make ourselves as well as our houses look extra pretty. Oh! Hello Geelong loves the gorgeous greeting card selection, the HUGE offering of and TMOD design and O’check stationery, Skulk of Foxes wall clocks, Angus & Celeste vases, iKOU hanging pots, Bride & Wolfe hanging shelves. As well as a lovely accessory collection including fab new brooches by Erst Wilder (laura bought the cutest fox face ever!), run around the garden & we wood. We also love Lyndal’s selection of Bison pottery (and not just because it comes from Canberra!)

And if it’s a little extra indulgence you’re after, Lyndal has shelves full of posh pamper products! Lyndal’s range includes luscious body lotions from Tokyo Milk, Mathias,  L’Occitane, Myrtle & Moss, Lolia and Nesti Dente as well as a wide range of candles and oils from brands including Skeem Design and iKOU. We absolutely loved the iKOU candle holder at the counter which filled the whole store with the perfume of green tea and cherry blossom! Yummy.

Loving her local…

Even though Lyndal is a Melbourne lass who will always have a soft spot for her home city, Lyndal strongly values the importance of supporting the local community and has built strong relationships with designers and fellow business owners around Geelong.  Good on you Lyndal!


Loving the Flower Dispensary…

 

Whilst The Flower Dispensary’s flowers and gift range are truly special, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in the middle of a Vogue Living photo shoot when you walk through the doors! It really is the little (and not so little) design and creative touches that make this store shine so brightly (and what makes us love it so much). From the flooring, to the stunning displays, to the Fab furniture, light fittings and cabinets from places such as the oh so amazing  Ducks Nest  &  Mill Markets and of course the flower display, we can’t forget get the FLOWER display! Ahhh, everything has been thoughtfully and tastefully given the Lyndal touch. You’ll certainly know where to find Oh! Hello Geelong when we need a luxury interiors fix and a little indulgence!

 

Thanks so much for having us Lyndal!

From Penny + Laura